Kinky Boots on Broadway

Charlie has grown up surrounded by his father’s shoe business but wants to move to London with his fiancee and start a life of his own.  When his father died suddenly he had to pick up the pieces of Price & Sons Shoes and help with the failing business.  Charlie runs into a flamboyant drag queen named Lola who complains about her inadequate footwear.  This sparks a new business idea for Charlie.  Stop manufacturing men’s shoes and design KINKY BOOTS: hence the name of the show.

 

1.162050Stark Sands who plays Charlie has a voice that is more pop than traditional Broadway which worked well for the role.  He was charming, down to earth and natural.  Billy Porter who played Lola was a phenomenal actor.  His raspy voice was less than powerful but his dance moves were impressive; especially in heels.  Annaleigh Ashford who played Lauren seemed straight out of Saturday Night Live.  She acted somewhat cartoonish.  Since no one else in the musical acted that way it seemed very out of context.  Costume designer Gregg Barnes did a fabulous job with bejeweled dresses and extravagant boots which made the show a great spectacle.

 

For me, the story line seemed a little discombobulated at times.  Charlie’s relationship with Lauren was full of surprises.  It seemed platonic and only work related until the the last song when he suddenly asked her out.  Cyndi Lauper who wrote the music and lyrics had some catchy and fun songs while others were a wash.

 

All in all, the show was interesting to see once.  It would not make the top list of shows I would recommend but it was entertaining.  For more information check out: http://kinkybootsthemusical.com/

 

Rating: That Is The Question

*Special thanks to my friend Jessica who treated me to a front row center seat.  We watched her boyfriend Corey in a walk on role and got to go backstage after.  Very cool!

 

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One Response to Kinky Boots on Broadway

  1. I would recommend it to folks who want feel good entertainment–glitter, dancing and all–which is the majority of the audience for musicals. Certainly there is more challenging Theatre out there as well whom I would recommend “Fun Home” and “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” to, for musicals.

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